Sunday, October 15, 2017

Looking for More

In the book of Matthew, we see a man whom Jesus loved. I would speculate because he wanted
This man we know as the "Rich Young Ruler" found in both books of Matthew and Mark. The
historical account goes as follows:

Mark 10:17-27  MSG
As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”
Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”
He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”
Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”
The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.
Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?” The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: “You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for the rich to get into God’s kingdom.”
That set the disciples back on their heels. “Then who has any chance at all?” they asked.
Jesus was blunt: “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it.”
This man who earnestly sought out and found Jesus to ask him this question, I believe was looking for more. He knew there was more then just making money, donating money, obeying the commandments. He knew there was a way to interact with God, a higher, more selective calling, today we would describe this calling as "full time ministry". This calling is not for everyone, there are some people in "full time ministry", who should not be, and some people who aren't and should be based solely upon the will of God. The young man is someone who was operating in his correct place, his calling was to be a business man and serve the Lord in that, but he knew there was more and he wanted it, so he asked for it. What I find particularly amazing about this story is how Jesus actually offered it to him. See how it says, "Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him!" This verse goes hand in hand with 1 Samuel 16:7 which describes how the Lord looks not on the outward appearance, but on the heart, and Jesus was looking right on the young mans heart and saw that he wanted more. 
An opportunity was presented, but it's not free, it's an amazing opportunity, but it is going to cost you and this young man was not willing to pay the price. He believed his money was more valuable then this precious opportunity the Lord was offering him. I call it precious because The Lord does not offer it to everyone who asks. 
I actually admire this young man. At least he was honest enough with himself to say, "no thank you, I'm happy enough where I am". I don't see the tragedy in this historical account that most people do. I believe this young man continued to serve the Lord in his lower calling for the rest of his life and was welcomed into heaven when he died, but once he arrived, I believe it became immediately apparent that he had the opportunity to receive much, much more honor and glory for much, much longer and on a much, much grander scale. I'm sure in the end, he regretted not readily accepting this precious and rare gift the Lord Jesus was bestowing upon him.  

From the Inside Out

It is wise for every human being to search for and determine a metric for which to measure what is important in life. Not just their life, but what is the metric by which we will all be measured. This should be in an effort to choreograph an end which is both satisfying and worth wile.
I personally started this journey with a question, "at what point will I be finished with this life?" and also, "what will be important to me then?". It was in these thoughts that I contemplated what would be next after death and what would be important to me then. It was with this thought that I have learned to measure every action, effort and resource I expel for the rest of my time here on earth. I want to prepare now and every waking moment from now on for that day, because that day is really the only one that matters at all. What will be important to me then will truly be what is important because the next life will not be measured in years, but will be never ending.

Verses to consider:

Revelation 2:26-28 MSG

“Here’s the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You’ll rule the nations, your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you—and with it, the Morning Star!

Revelation 3:5 MSG

“Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I’ll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels.

Revelation 3:12 MSG

“I’ll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I’ll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God’s City—the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven—and my new Name.

Revelation 3:20-21 MSG

 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!

Luke 12:32(AMP)   

Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Matthew 13:44-46  (AMP)
   “The kingdom of heaven is like a [very precious] treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field [securing the treasure for himself].   “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, and upon finding a single pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Romans 8:18-21 (MSG)
     That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Everyone of these verses describes what is to come. In Luke 12:32, Jesus totally spoils any mystery hidden in our future, He gives away what the end result will be. The Kingdom one day will be ours, but this is only accomplished by trading our lives, which is made up of our time, our resources, our status. We have the opportunity to trade what is relatively worthless (compared to the Kingdom of God) in exchange for something of infinite value. Of course the world sees this life as all there is, so they grab and get as much as they can. As Christians, we see the truth, that God has given us this time here and is patiently watching to see what we do, to see if we believe what His Son said about us inheriting the Kingdom, and if we obey Him here and now. Should we prove our faith here and now,
we will rule the nations, how the master will one day lead us in a victory parade and then present us by name to the Father and His angels followed by Him setting us in a permanent position of honor.  
I hope if you are reading this, you recognize the value in choosing to serve Jesus wholeheartedly, a decision which will cost you your entire life, I believe a deal worth making. 
Determining value is something I do on a daily basis. As a full time investor, I search for opportunities in which to trade something (US Dollars) for something which I believe will one day be more valuable then what I paid. If I'm going to trade $10,000 for 10 shares of ownership in a company, it should be because I believe the future value of those 10 shares will be significantly greater then $10,000 when I eventually sell. We must recognize that what we are going to eventually receive (The Kingdom) is far more valuable then this temporary place, we will receive a permanent, eternal place in the Kingdom of God. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Beginning of The End

As 2013 came to a close and 2014 appeared on the horizon, I began to become more and more pessimistic about the stock market i.e. the S&P 500. After several failed attempts to express a short opinion of it, and many lost thousands of dollars later, I relented.

This leads me to this past weeks market price action and an opportunity in our new possible friend SPXS, a triple leveraged inverse SPY etf (triple leveraged = not for the faint of heart)

A picture for your consideration


2 year SPXS chart (notice the new breakout at arrow)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pre-FOMC Minutes Trade

Over the past few months I have begun trading economic events using triple leveraged gold mining ETF's. One such trade presents itself today.

The precedent here are the previous FOMC meeting and it's respective meeting minutes release (Fed meeting and statement on 9/17/2014 and the meeting minutes release on 10/8/2014)

Like most I believe the Fed will continue to tighten it's policy (be hawkish), this would cause precipitation in the price of gold and of course gold mining ETF's. The catch is that although the statement on 9/17 appeared hawkish, the minutes released on 10/8 appeared dovish and caused massive gold futures buying (followed by the subsequent sell off of gold assets for a bottom on Nov, 5th.  So you could call this a two week trade from today (11/19/2014 1:40PM)

I'm buying a triple leveraged inverse gold mining ETF (if gold drops, it will go up in value) but only 1/2 position pre-2:00pm. Should the meeting minutes be dovish (following the precedent from the last meeting) then gold will get bought up leaving my triple inverse ETF to drop significantly, which is the exact time I will double the position (at the end of day) at that point I will expect gold to sell off similar to the last FOMC meeting minutes release, bring the trade into profitable territory.

If the meeting minutes are hawkish, I expect gold to sell off and the inverse ETF to increase.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

All Scientists' [who believe in evolution] Are Liars

This is a plain and simple fact. Notice how I single out scientist's in the title of this article, that's because out of almost every profession in the modern world, they should know better and as a group they are deceiving themselves.
I admire scientist's, I used to be one before I dove head first into the financial world, and thus am well aware of the vigorous training and studying it takes to understand the complex molecular interactions occurring millions of times per second, of every second, of every day that goes on in even the simplest of all living creatures, that is the cell.
I like science. And why wouldn't anybody? It's the relentless search for truth. Through testing and experimenting and testing and experimenting some more, scientist's seek to find answers, causes, solutions, and cures to many problems afflicting many people. This is why I do not understand why so many of them CHOOSE to believe a lie, that is evolution. The belief that in some freak random occurrence, the first living cell was accidentally thrown together by trillions of random happenings. Out of everybody, scientist's are trained and should be able to see past this non-sense and to seek the truth. A matter of fact the only explanation possible explaining this complete breakdown in moral fiber by an entire profession group is just a lack of courage. We are teaching our children a lie because we lack the courage as a society to stand up and say, “this crap doesn't make any sense!” and the people I blame most are scientist's. They should know better, they have the light, they know the truth and are just choosing to continue to believe a convenient lie. The sad part is, the more time that goes by, the more and more foolish those who are scientific will appear. Very soon, the amount of knowledge available to humans concerning this masterpiece of creation we call our bodies will be so vast, and the understanding of it so great, that those who aren't scientific will begin to question and yes, even make fun of the choice so many intelligent people have chosen to believe which is the theory of evolution. It reminds me of hearing about how many people chose to believe African-American people were some how less human not all that long ago. A belief that is now laughed at and if still believed by someones silly great-grandmother, eyes are rolled and pacifying phrases like, “oh grandma, you don't really believe that, right?” in an effort not to disrespect, but not condone those out of date and just plane foolish people... I mean ideas.
As an ex-scientist, please allow me to be the first to scream, “what is this 800 lb gorilla still doing here? Would someone please tell me. Oh, nothing? Then do away with it, and good riddance! Let's stop talking about evolution like it's a real science, let's stop teaching it to our children like it's a viable theory, and lets just accept the obvious truth. The true is actually proven based on it's own existence. That we are a masterpiece creation, formed through wisdom and understanding by someone with vast intelligence that loves us more then we could possibly comprehend.  

Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Prosper

How to Prosper Financially.

1. Give control of your life over to God. This is accomplished by saying a prayer, and choosing to believe that God heard you.
The prayer would sound like this..."Father, in the name of Jesus, I give control of my life over to you, what you say, I will say and where you go I will go. I ask you to come into my life and I confess that Jesus is the Son of God and Lord of my life. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen."

2. In order to prosper financially, your soul must prosper first. (3 John 1:2). Prosperity of your soul is accomplished by you controlling your soul. Your soul consists of your 1. Will 2. Mind 3. Emotions.
Learn to control what you think on (think on what the Bible tells you to think on (Philippians 4:8)), where you allow your emotions to go and by submitting your will to the will of God, your soul will be prospering.

3. Put the Kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33). Instead of building your kingdom, your bank account, your house, always putting your stuff first, put the plan and works that God has told you to do, first place, a place of priority in your life.

4. Begin to sow. The law of planting and harvesting is paramount and must be used in order to prosper in God. This is accomplished in several ways, but the most prominent way this is done is by investing in the Gospel. When you give money into a ministry that is making progress in building the Kingdom of God, you become partnered with that ministry and part of the return for that investment comes on you. (Mark 4)

5. When this is accomplished, God is able to bless you abundantly and He will bless you abundantly because He loves you so much and it pleases Him to bless His children.

Books to learn more about this subject that I would highly recommend:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Make Your Decisions

The decision to be wealthy and prosperous can be made right now. If your reading this text, chances are you are prosperous when compared to the poorest people in the word. Some people have absolutely nothing. No food, no shelter, no family; this is true poverty. when compared to your wealth, you are most likely infinitely more wealthy then the person who has nothing, yet so many people are unhappy with what they have and strive to get more stuff in order to be happy. I would hypothesize that people aren't really after nice cars, money and houses, if you dig deeper you can see people just want to be happy and they figure that if they obtain more physical possessions it will make them more happy. History tells us this is not true. There are many examples of people with great wealth who no matter what they accumulated or possessed, remained bitter and upset. These people have made a decision to remain discontent and unhappy. The poor can make the same decision but in the opposite direction. They can decide to be happy despite their lack.

Make a decision today to be content with what you have, this should help to increase your general happiness, which is in my opinion, the best measure of wealth.